Indiana Child Passenger Law
Children are required to ride properly restrained in a child restraint, which can include a belt positioning booster seat, until they reach their 8th birthday. (This does not include shoulder belt positioners.) If at court proceedings, a driver who has received a violation under this code possesses or has acquired a child restraint system, the driver is not liable for any costs or monetary judgment if the person has no previous judgments of violation of this chapter against the person. Fees collected from violations will be entered into a fund to purchase child restraints for low income families throughout Indiana Exemptions:
- If all lap/shoulder seat belts are being used for other children, then a child over 40 lbs. may ride in a lap only seat belt without a child restraint. (Booster seats cannot be safely used with a lap only seat belt.)
- This chapter (9-19-11-1) Does not apply to a person who operates any of the following vehicles:
- A school Bus
- A taxicab
- An ambulance.
- A public passenger bus.
- A motor vehicle having a seating capacity greater than nine (9) individuals that is owned or leased and operated by a religious or not-for-profit youth organization.
- An antique motor vehicle.
- A motorcycle.
- A motor vehicle that is owned or leased by a governmental unit and is being used in the performance of official law enforcement duties.
- A motor vehicle that is being used in an emergency.
Registration of sex offenders
Recent legislation in Indiana, IC 5-2-12, has transferred jurisdiction and the responsibility for the monitoring and maintenance of the local Sex Offender Registry to each county within the State of Indiana and to each county sheriff. With those changes and enhancements of this legislation, Sex Offenders are now required to register with the Pike County Sheriff's Office at least once a year, and sex offenders are further required to update with the Sheriff's Office any changes of residency, employment and place of study or vocation. Failure of the Sex Offender to comply with this recent legislation or failure to provide notifications of changes or updates required under Indiana Law, IC 5-2-12, is a Class D felony and the second offense is a Class C felony, if the registered sex has a prior unrelated offense. These offenses will be investigated by the Pike County Sheriff's Office and may result in criminal charges being filed against the offender by the Pike Prosecutor's Office. If you have any information on a registered sex offender who you believe may be in violation of this law or have questions regarding a person who may be required to register, you may contact Jail Commander Ronnie Collins at the Pike Sheriff's Office Monday - Friday (812)-354-6024. Click here to see the current list of offenders in our area. Please read the disclaimer for important information about the registry.
Who is required to register as a sex offender in the state of Indiana?
Indiana law defines a sex and violent offender a person who has been convicted of any of the following sex or violent offenses:
- Rape (IC 35-42-4-1)
- Criminal Deviate Conduct (IC 35-42-4-2)
- Child Molesting (IC 35-42-4-3)
- Child Exploitation (IC 35-42-4-4b)
- Vicarious Sexual Gratification (IC 35-42-4-5)
- Child Solicitation (IC 35-42-4-6)
- Child Seduction (IC 35-42-4-7)
- Sexual Misconduct with a Minor as a Class A, B, or C felony (IC 35-42-4-9)
- Incest (IC 35-46-1-3)
- Sexual Battery (IC 35-42-4-8)
- Kidnapping, if the victim is less than 18 (IC 35-42-3-2) or
- Criminal Confinement, if the victim is less than 18 (IC 35-42-3-3) ;
- (A sex and violent offender who spends or intends to spend at least 7 days including part of a day) in Indiana during a 180 day period or an offender who owns real property in Indiana and returns to Indiana at any time,
- A sex and violent offender who works or carries on a vocation or intends to work or carry on a vocation in Indiana either full-time or part-time for more than 14 days in a row during any calendar year,
- A sex and violent offender who works or carries on a vocation or intends to work or carry on a vocation in Indiana either full-time or part-time for a total of more than 30 days whether or not they are in a row during any calendar year, and
- A sex and violent offender who is enrolled or intends to be enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis in any public or private educational institution in Indiana.
- A sex and violent offender who owns real property in Pike County.
How long is a violent and sexual offender required to register?
A sex and violent offenders duty to register expires ten years after the date that the offender:
- Becomes 21 years of age, if the sex and violent offender was required to register under Indiana law for a delinquent act;
- Is released from a secure juvenile detention facility;
- Is released from a penal facility of a State or another jurisdiction;
- Is placed in a community transition program;
- Is placed in a community corrections program;
- Is placed on parole; or
- Is placed on probation; whichever occurs last.
- If the offense was committed when the offender was 18 years of age or older and it was against a victim who was less than 12 years of age at the time of the crime.
- If the offender caused serious boldly injury or death to the victim; used force or the threat of force against the victim or a member of the victim's family; or rendered the victim unconscious or otherwise incapable of giving voluntary consent.
- If the offender committed two or more unrelated sex and violent offenses.
- Is determined by a court to be considered a sexually violent predator.
How often must violent and sexual offenders re-register?
Under Indiana law violent and sexual offenders residing in Pike County are required to update registration information to the Pike County Sheriff's Office, and submit to having a photograph taken at least once (1) a year or every (90) days if classified as a sexual predator.
What are other reasons sexual and violent offenders need to update registration information?
Sexual and violent offenders need to update their registration information:
- If their permanent address changes, the Pike County Sheriff's Office must be notified within seven (7) days of the change.
- If their permanent address changes more than once in a (7) day period the Pike County Sheriff's Office must be notified of all the locations of residence.
- If the offender changes their permanent address to another county in Indiana, the Pike County Sheriff's Office must be notified within seven (7) days of the change.
- If the offender plans to reside at any location in the this county or in any other county in Indiana other than the registered address for at least seven (7) days out of any one hundred and eighty (180) day period.
- If the offender owns any real property in Pike County.
- If the offender changes name as a result of marriage, the Pike County Sheriff's Office must be notified within thirty (30) days of the change.
Where do sex and violent offenders register?
The Pike County Sheriff's Office is notified by officials from any secure facility with information of the offenders name, crime, date of release if a sex and violent offender is expected to reside in Pike County. Once released the offender has seven (7) days to complete registration. The registration process is conducted at the Pike County Sheriff's Office, located at 100 S. 4th Street, Petersburg, Indiana.
What information is required by the offender to complete the registration?
An offender must bring the following to register properly:
- The offenders full name, alias names, and date of birth
- Race, sex, weight, height and eye color
- Social Security number, driver's license and home address
- Description of the offense (i.e., child molesting, rape, etc...)
- Date and County of the conviction
- Court Cause number of the conviction
- Sentence Imposed
- Place of employment
- School or place of vocation where the offender intends to study.
- Current color photograph (taken by the Pike County Sheriff's Office)
Other important information about the offender registry
By law the State of Indiana requires the Pike County Sheriff's Office to establish and maintain the statewide Sex Offender Database with information on sex offenders registered and residing in Pike County. Please read and understand the following important information.
- The information contained on this registry is updated regularly to ensure that it is complete and accurate. However, some of the data contained in this registry is based upon the information furnished by the registrant. This information can and does change frequently. Offenders may have moved and failed to notify the Sheriff's Office of a change of residence, employment or place of study, as required by Indiana law. All efforts are made to ensure the information is as accurate as possible. There is no guarantee stated or implied that this information is totally accurate due to daily changes and updates.
- The information on this web site is public record. It is your responsibility to make sure the records accessed through this site pertain to the person that you are seeking information about. Extreme care should be exercised in using the information that is obtained.
- The information provided in this web site, is not intended to create alarm or panic within our community. Our intent is to provide the citizens of Vanderburgh County with this information, so that you may have knowledge of said offenders residing in your neighborhood, as to enhance community safety and awareness.
- The information contained in this directory is not intended to be used to injure, harass, or commit a criminal act against a person named in the directory, their families, employers or any other person associated to the named registered sex offender. Indiana law provides that person who uses this information for any purpose not specified under the law may be subject to criminal prosecution.
- As a condition of probation or parole, sex and violent offenders are prohibited from living within 1000ft of school property for the period of probation or parole unless the offender has obtained written approval from the court or parole board.
- Registered sex and violent offenders while on probation or parole are prohibited from residing within 1 mile of the victim of the offenders offense unless a waiver has been obtained from the court or parole board.